Car Reviews: Mitsubishi Colt 1.1 CZ1 3dr – The AA

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Mitsubishi Colt

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Fresh new improves Colt’s appeal generous amount of rear Light and airy cabin base engine and polished manners


Cabin still on the basic side seats could offer lateral support 1.1-litre engine can sound harsh pushed hard Attitude of snobs towards brand and car

the first generation of this new of Colt proving to be something of a hit, this refreshed is targeted at capturing a wider With its bold looks that of the larger Lancer and a increase in size, value fro remains central to the supermini’s

It is along time now since iteration of Colt first Sadly for Mitsubishi, the Smart overshadowed its arrival – the DaimlerChrysler near-twin built in the factory on the same platform. The Smart didn’t last however.

Too expensive and a little too fashionable for the Colt proved to be the more option for many buyers.

the Colt had its quirks, though. tall supermini boasted, the Smart, a generous cabin. It a more compliant ride the Smart and concentrated more on the attention of budget-conscious motorists.

revised car is no different, in the sense it continues to appeal to fans of low motoring.

Look carefully and you might spot a few changes. claims this Colt is than its predecessor and shares on a of the old car’s body panels. true that it has grown the actual numbers are very though.

The result is a cabin is light, airy and capacious for in this class.

Visually it’s hard to the car’s nose. With a that apes that of the Lancer, it’s hoped the previous model’s ultra reputation can be banished for good. One is for certain, the Colt remains a and easy-going car to drive and own.

The range delivers a sensible of performance and economy.

Our verdict on the Colt 1.1 CZ1 3dr

With its refreshed and long-standing reputation for reliability and low of ownership, this revised is a strong contender in the supermini It may lack the marketing might of the opposition to help it gain the it deserves, but the Colt’s more looks and spacious cabin once experienced first tempt an increasing number of away from the usual suspects.


Leaving the Ralliart aside for a moment, the regular is a good value proposition. economical at the pumps and a low CO2 emitting making the cost of ownership a one. The more powerful car will cost a little but, again, overall likely be kinder on the wallet most rivals.

Space and

Since its inception when with the Smart ForFour, the has always been noted for its cabin dimensions. This generation car is a fraction better, load space is also good for a car in this class seats can be folded to increase its capacity. Oddment space in the is also good.

Controls and


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Car safety

the Colt’s pricing structure not surprising to learn that the provision is a modest one. The are covered in the form of twin airbags and anti-lock brakes, but ESP is the preserve of the sporting Ralliart – the same is true of airbags.

Driver appeal

Mitsubishi Colt

not expressly marketed as a sporting the Colt is an enjoyable car to drive – even in base form. It is, however, better to urban duties and the occasional foray. It expertly copes the former thanks to a supple accurate steering and good

For greater thrills the 1.5-litre car and its uprated engine and suspension is

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

Build-wise the is a well put together car; it sturdy and durable from the and Mitsubishi has a good track when it comes to reliability. the car has been overshadowed by the likes of Fiesta and Vauxhall’s Corsa, that can be put down to a combination of snobbery and ignorance.


In form the Colt is an easy car to get in and out of. seat occupants are blessed a raised seating position and of headroom. Those in the back well as the front seats can be forward quickly and easily.

At the the Colt’s tailgate requires effort to raise and lower.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

For a car at this end of the price scale little to complain about The Colt’s audio unit radio and CD – works and sounds good. The easy to use and clear display compliment the no-nonsense approach to motoring.

boot floor and ability to rear seats boosts the practical side

Colours and

Bright colours work with this reinvigorated – its nose is much than its predecessor. On the inside a case of making the most of the and light grey cabin there’s a lot of hard plastic

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